National FFA Convention Receives Generous Donations
Toyota donates vehicles, CountryMark donates fuel
INDIANAPOLIS (October 13, 2010)–– Indianapolis will soon be turned blue again with the approach of the 83rd national FFA convention and the arrival of more than 55,000 student members and advisors to the city. A ceremony to kick off convention was held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds at 8 a.m. on Wed., Oct. 13 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Representatives from Toyota and CountryMark were on hand to provide vehicles and fuel to be used by staff during the upcoming national FFA convention.
For the fifth year in a row, Toyota donated 25 vehicles for the organization to use as courtesy vehicles prior to and during the national FFA convention held Oct. 20 – 23, 2010. All 25 vehicles, ranging from the Toyota Highlander to Toyota Tundra, were unloaded at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. CountryMark is providing the fuel for the vehicles.
“We are thrilled to once again have the opportunity to support such a great organization by providing Toyota vehicles to be used during convention,” said Vince Harris, Regional Truck Manager, Chicago Region, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. “We are honored to participate in this exciting kick off event and help Indianapolis welcome the 55,000 visitors.”
Also honored to participate in this year’s National FFA Convention is Indiana-based CountryMark.
“FFA provides world-class training and leadership to its members,” said Jon Lantz, CountryMark Vice President of Marketing. “CountryMark’s support for this convention is not only an investment in FFA members, but also a well placed investment in the future of this country.”
For the FFA convention fleet, CountryMark is donating the fuel, which CountryMark refines in Mt. Vernon, Ind., using American crude oil. CountryMark is also providing every fleet vehicle with a handout on Focused Driver Tips.
“We want to fuel the fleet and do what we can to help drivers arrive safely to convention activities,” said Lantz. “To that end, we are providing every fleet vehicle with a handout on tips for being a safe and focused driver.” More than 6,000 Americans died in 2008 as a result of a distracted driver.
“We feel confident that with American businesses supporting them, FFA members can be positive role models who help reverse the growing number of distracted driving accidents and deaths in this country,” said Lantz.
Along with the donation of the Toyota vehicles and CountryMark fuel, the city will also begin to prepare for the 83rd National FFA Convention, when banners will be hung throughout the city transforming Georgia Street into “FFA Way,” a pedestrian walkway for FFA members and attendees during the convention. The city of Indianapolis will once again be taken over by the blue jackets.
“Toyota is proud to have supported the FFA for over 30 years,” Harris said. “What the FFA does for these future agricultural leaders is priceless and Toyota is pleased to have the opportunity to be associated with such an incredible organization.”
The National FFA Organization, is a national youth organization of 523,309 student members (and counting)—all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture—as part of 7,487 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Visit www.ffa.org for more information.